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INDIANA JONES 4 Rumblings?

Is something up or not with the fourth INDY installment?

By Frank Kurtz     July 06, 2001
Source: New York Post


Harrison Ford as Indy in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
© 2001 Paramount

There are rumblings that something may be up with the limbo locked fourth INDIANA JONES movie project, though it isn't sounding particularly good... or is it?


According to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, Paramount sounds like it's getting itchy regarding the franchise. A spokesperson for the studio is quoted as saying that Paramount has "given the green light to look at scripts."


Meanwhile, unnamed sources are telling the paper, "Paramount had meetings last week about the movie. They want the original credits - George Lucas producing, Steven Spielberg directing and Harrison Ford to star."


Still, the money side of the project could kill it before it ever happens, as the unnamed source says, "Harrison wants at least $25 million plus some of the back end, and George and Steven have said they will work for a lesser fee than usual, but want a big portion of the movie's proceeds.


"The entire movie is going to cost them $150 million and Paramount can't figure out how it's going to make any money with all three of the big names demanding money off the back end."


Meanwhile, given this word of new scripts, what happened to TRAFFIC scribe Stephen Gaghan's possible participation? Way back in February, the New York Times suggested that the writer had been approached to write a script for the film. Did the possible deal fall through the cracks the same way the much talked about M. Night Shyamalan INDY script deal did? Time will tell.

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